Thursday, December 08, 2016

Wild Abandon- Fabric

Abby is so happy,  I finished weaving the fabric.
It is loaded with color and texture. 
It may be happy to simply be a wall hanging/banner.
I am not sure what will happen if I wash it. So I am not sure if 
I could make a vest out of it. 
But it would be a lovely and warm vest. 
Here are some other photos with details.
 The orange you see on the left is some of my corespun silk. 
It repeats in several places in the weaving. 



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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Wild Abandon - The Muse of Joy and Play

My muse got upset.   To tell the truth (shhhhh lean in closer,  don't let her hear this)  she pitched a fit! And I suppose it was deserved - but I won't admit it to her.  You see, I have not done any grand acts of creation in over a month.  Abby, (Wild Abandon Prism is her full name, but Abby for short) needed to be splashed with colors and set free.  She said that she felt like a genie locked in a bottle. So after a bit of discussion, I made a 100 thread warp for my loom and threaded it up - but with one big change.  There is no reed to guide the threads or to beat the weft in as I weave.  Abby grinned a huge grin of approval at that idea.   She wasn't too sure about the warp in black, gray and navy blue though.  Color!!! I need COLOR she ranted!
No fears, I had ideas.  So as she leaned over my shoulder, her anxious breath tickling the back of my neck, I started weaving. Oh my!  she started singing and dancing - jumping and shouting with extreme joy.  Yes she said!  YeS!
So what was I weaving?  Heck if I know what it will be - but it will be bright and happy.
See:
It is wild and happy and it dances with color. Perhaps it is a scarf woven by a madman. Perhaps it is a wall hanging. Perhaps it is pure unmitgated creativity  Whatever it is, it made my muse happy and she is singing to me a song of creative joy.

Abby and I  hope that you are making your muse sing and dance.
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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Channeling My Ancestors

Today Mother had an appointment with her physician.  As she can no longer drive, I am the designated one to carry her.  I don't mind at all, but sometimes it eats into my "creative time."  As I
am still trying to not overdo activity, I haven't been creative today.
Daughter of the Moon - Painting by Gene Black
Read about the painting here



But,  couple of nights I did play with my Native American flutes.  I made a couple of recordings that I have put on SoundCloud.   I thought some of you would enjoy hearing them.  If you don't, I don't need to hear about it.  Kind words only, please.


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Monday, December 05, 2016

Life Goes On-

The cold is still hanging on, but so I am.  I plan to "out-stubborn" it.  Once when I was working, we were having a training on customer service.  The "big dog" from the State office in Montgomery who was teaching the class knew me probably better than I realized.  At one point he described me as "tenacious."  I turned to my seatmate/co-worker and said "He just called me stubborn."  Of course, it was and is true.  Tenacity is the good form of stubborn.  The "Free Dictionary" says " te·na·cious (tə-nā′shəs) adj. 1. a. Extremely persistent in adhering to or doing something; stubborn or relentless"  Yes that is me to a tenacious "T."

After being gone for a month, I realized that my pantry is near bare.  Normally, I eat homemade yogurt with homemade granola for breakfast.  Once I started making it, the bought stuff is much harder to enjoy.
So, I started to make a batch of granola- but one of the key ingredients is oats---and I only had a cup and a half.  Off to the store to resupply.  (If I had been clever, I would have bought something to make for supper also. )

After stirring my ingredients together, I lined two cookie sheets with parchment paper.  I spread the raw granola over the parchment and put it in the pre-heated oven.
This is my creative work for today.   I did make one change from my usual recipe.  I added three tablespoons of peanut butter to the warmed liquid and stirred until it emulsified.  If you don't know, I am diabetic and peanut butter is a diabetic's best friend - so I use it when I can to add to a recipe.

Here is a link to where I got my -not a recipe - for granola.  I do lower the temperature to 275 as it works better for me.  My choices for dry ingredients other than the oats in this are:  peanuts, walnuts and unsweetened coconut.  I seasoned it with cinnamon, ground cloves, ginger and allspice. I did not add salt as the peanuts are salted already.  For the liquid sweetener, I use molasses and a syrup that does NOT contain High Fructose Corn Sweetener. (that stuff is bad mojo!)  The molasses adds a depth to the flavor that I don't get with honey or other syrups, but you can use whichever you choose if you are making it.   I also use some oil - in this it is corn oil, but I have used coconut oil, grapeseed oil or sunflower oil.
I can tell you that right now, my house smells yummy!

Another option is to add some cocoa to the dry ingredients and make chocolate granola.  The fact that you can customize the ingredients to suit your taste is a real plus to the "not a recipe" way of making granola.

Have you ever made granola?  If not, did I tempt you to try it?  It is surprisingly easy.  And it also freezes nicely.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I am still here

I know that I have been missing. Sorry. Saturday morning after Thanksgiving, I woke up with a bit of a sore throat.  It has developed into an ugly cold.   I have been remarkably unproductive.
So until I can get back in the swing of things, here is a piece of art for you to have something to see.
A couple of photos from Mexico


and maybe a quilt or two.

 I made it in two layouts, with the second in different colors.
So for now, more hot tea and rest...but I will return!

(and Joyce, my apologies for the delay, but I don't want to send you this cold with your prize!)
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